Autumn is pretty much over and this means winter season temperatures will hit your garden. With respect to landscape gardening experts, among the major jobs to handle at the moment is to watch over your garden’s water features.
Such garden features are normally expensive, meaning any harm done to them throughout the winter months is going to cost a whole lot. For this reason, it pays to stay on top of your garden winter preparation tasks and sacrifice some time and effort. Other than money, you’ll lose the beauty and usefulness that water features introduce to your garden and that’s one thing you wouldn’t like. Simply follow these rules to guarantee it doesn’t happen:
Keep movement in the water – one of the necessities for water features is to keep water running in case there’s fish living there. To achieve this, you must keep the pump on maximum power in order to prevent freezing. Break down debris, if there’s any.
Get rid of plants – water plants should not remain in the water. Even if they are some tough type that can handle cold temperatures, you should be cautious and pull them out from the water. If they begin to rot in the middle of winter, your water feature will be in danger.
Inspect for leaks – you have to make a thorough inspection of the water feature and pinpoint leaks. These should be fixed right away, as it’s easier and prevents much bigger problems when temperatures drop below 0 and the problem escalates.
Get the water feature clean – cleaning is possibly not one of your preferred jobs, but it has to be competed anyway. Begin by cleaning out debris, such as fallen leaves and garden rubbish that has ended in the water. Look for algae and treat the problem with a special product if you find any. Cleaning’s best done with no water in the water feature, because it makes things easier and allows you to do one more inspection before winter season starts.
Take out the pump – if you don’t need to keep the water moving (which is definitely the best solution), you should store the pump. This minimises the danger of freezing and breaking, especially during very cold temperatures. Ensure you store it properly, because it is likely the most expensive piece of equipment of the water feature.
Decrease tree branches and shrubs – it’s a smart strategy to cut back any trees and branches surrounding the water feature so that you do not have to clean spoils falling into the water. Naturally, trees tend to produce the most debris as leaves fall in the winter and can clog the pump when ignored for a long time.
Provide care for fish – fish has quite different needs throughout winter season and it is vital to recognise them. Some breeds do not need food so they can enter a slower, hibernation-like state for the winter.
Landscape gardening specialists suggest these steps for addressing your water features in the cold season. Pay attention to each of them and your features will be ready for use next year.
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